Melissa C.

Research Scientist, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Phone: 443-923-9261
Kennedy Krieger Institute

707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States


Dr. Melissa C. Goldberg is a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Goldberg received her bachelor's of arts in psychology in 1990 from Washington University in St. Louis and her master's of education in counseling psychology in 1992 from Harvard University. Dr. Goldberg received her doctorate in developmental psychology in 1998 from McMaster University. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Goldberg also took research internships in the cognitive neuroscience laboratory at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health and at the Institute for Child Study of the University of Maryland. Dr. Goldberg completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2000 in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, conducting research and training on autism at REACH, Research Excellence in Autism and Communication Disorders at Hopkins. In 2000, Dr. Goldberg joined the faculty at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and became an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


The overall focus of Dr. Goldberg's research is to advance understanding about the cognitive neuropsychological mechanisms underlying autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Autism is a childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by abnormalities in reciprocal social interactions, impairments in verbal and non-verbal communication and the presence of stereotyped behaviors and a restricted range of interests and activities. Autism is thought to have multiple causes, with various brain regions being reported as being abnormal. In her research, Dr. Goldberg uses behavioral paradigms together with brain-imaging techniques such as, MRI and functional-MRI as tools to investigate the neural mechanisms of autism. Some of her research has also focused on eye movements, attention, executive function, and face processing.

Dr. Goldberg’s most recent research involves an NIH-funded study to investigate the reward system in children with high functioning autism. Dr. Goldberg completed an NIH-funded Career Development Award (K-Award) study in which she examined executive functions and brain mechanisms in children with high functioning autism (HFA) and in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Research Publications

Goldberg MC, Allman MJ, Hagopian LP, Triggs MM, Frank-Crawford MA, Mostofsky SHDenckla MBDeLeon IG (2016). Examining the reinforcing value of stimuli within social and non-social contexts in children with and without high-functioning autism. Autism. , .

Goldberg MC, Spinelli S, Joel S, Pekar JJDenckla MBMostofsky SH (2011). Children with high functioning autism show increased prefrontal and temporal cortex activity during error monitoring. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 1(1), 47-56.

Mostofsky SH, Powell SK, Simmonds DJ, Goldberg MC, Caffo B, Pekar JJ (2009). Decreased connectivity and cerebellar activity in autism during motor task performance. Brain. 132(Pt 9), 2413-25.

Goldberg MC, Mostow AJ, Vecera SP, Larson JC, Mostofsky SHMahone EMDenckla MB(2008). Evidence for impairments in using static line drawings of eye gaze cues to orient visual-spatial attention in children with high functioning autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 38(8), 1405-13.

Roeder MB, Mahone EM, Gidley Larson J, Mostofsky SH, Cutting LE, Goldberg MCDenckla MB (2008). Left-right differences on timed motor examination in children. Child Neuropsychol. 14(3), 249-62.

Larson JC, Mostofsky SHGoldberg MC, Cutting LE, Denckla MBMahone EM (2007). Effects of gender and age on motor exam in typically developing children. Dev Neuropsychol. 32(1), 543-62. 

Mahone EM, Powell SK, Loftis CW, Goldberg MCDenckla MBMostofsky SH (2006). Motor persistence and inhibition in autism and ADHD. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 12(5), 622-31.

Jansiewicz EM, Goldberg MC, Newschaffer CJ, Denckla MBLanda RMostofsky SH (2006). Motor signs distinguish children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome from controls. J Autism Dev Disord. 36(5), 613-21.

Mostofsky SH, Dubey P, Jerath VK, Jansiewicz EM, Goldberg MCDenckla MB (2006). Developmental dyspraxia is not limited to imitation in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 12(3), 314-26.

Ben Shalom D, Mostofsky SH, Hazlett RL, Goldberg MCLanda RJ, Faran Y, McLeod DR, Hoehn-Saric R (2006). Normal physiological emotions but differences in expression of conscious feelings in children with high-functioning autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 36(3), 395-400. 

Mostofsky SH, Rimrodt SL, Schafer JG, Boyce A, Goldberg MCPekar JJDenckla MB (2006). Atypical motor and sensory cortex activation in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of simple sequential finger tapping. Biol Psychiatry. 59(1), 48-56.

Landa RJGoldberg MC (2005). Language, social, and executive functions in high functioning autism: a continuum of performance. J Autism Dev Disord. 35(5), 557-73.

Goldberg MCMostofsky SH, Cutting LE, Mahone EM, Astor BC, Denckla MBLanda RJ(2005). Subtle executive impairment in children with autism and children with ADHD. J Autism Dev Disord. 35(3), 279-93.

Mostofsky SH, Bunoski R, Morton SM, Goldberg MCBastian AJ (2004). Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum. Neurocase. 10(1), 60-4.